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Memorable Manitobans: George William Northwood (1877-1959)

Architect, war hero.

Born at Ottawa, Ontario in 1877, son of William Northwood, he was educated the Ottawa College Institute and McGill University (Montreal). In 1900, he commenced a career as an architect with K. Arnoldi of Ottawa. He came to Winnipeg in 1905 and established an architectural firm and was responsible for designing many fine buildings around the city. He also had a business interest in the Manitoba Linseed Oil Company and National Securities Company.

With the outbreak of the First World War, when he went overseas with the 8th Battalion. Captured by the Germans in 1915, he returned to Winnipeg in 1918 as a Major, having been awarded the Military Cross. He established the firm Northwood and Chivers in partnership with Cyril William Upton Chivers.

From 1931 to 1933, he was Dominion superintendent of unemployment and farm relief. He was a Chairman of the Sanatorium Board of Manitoba (1943-1948). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 1938. He was President of the Manitoba Association of Architects (1923) and Manitoba Club (1931-1932). Later in his life he was President of the Northern Canadian Mortgage Company.

In 1906, he married Augusta Campion “Gussie” Simson (c1880-1960) of Thorold, Ontario and they had four daughters: Mary Frances Margaret Northwood (1907-1994, wife of Richard Henry Gardyne Bonnycastle), Marget Constance Northwood (1909-?), Rosamund Campion Northwood (1911-?, wife of Charles Pritchard), and Barbara Northwood (1915-?, wife of George Blackwell).

He died at Winnipeg on 15 December 1959 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:





Ryan Block

44 Princess Street, Winnipeg



Northern Crown Bank

654 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg



Guest Block (expansion)

596-598 Main Street, Winnipeg



Miller House

42 Balmoral Street, Winnipeg



Mrs. F. M. McDonald Residence

555 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg



Wellington Apartments

264-276 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg



Phoenix Block

388 Donald Street, Winnipeg



Columbia Block

853-857 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg



S. E. Richards Residence

638 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg



Richards and Brown Warehouse

132 James Avenue, Winnipeg



Ulrich House

54 Balmoral Street, Winnipeg



Finnie and Murray Block / Western Glove Works

321 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg



Mrs. R. J. Whitla Residence

151 Yale Avenue, Winnipeg



Benard House

40 East Gate, Winnipeg



Ralph Connor House

54 West Gate, Winnipeg



Provencher School (repairs)

320 Avenue de la Cathedrale, Winnipeg



Winnipeg Skating Club

51 Smith Street, Winnipeg



St. Agnes Priory

442 Scotia Street, Winnipeg



Smith House

111 Park Boulevard, Winnipeg



St. John Cantius Roman Catholic Church

852 Burrows Avenue, Winnipeg



McKellar House

225 Lamont Boulevard, Winnipeg



Collett House

69 Middle Gate, Winnipeg



Tuxedo School No. 1709

2300 Corydon Avenue, Winnipeg



Canadian Wheat Board Building

423 Main Street, Winnipeg



Greater Winnipeg Gas Company Building

265 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg



Women’s Tribute Memorial Lodge

200 Woodlawn Street, Winnipeg



Queenston School

245 Queenston Street, Winnipeg



Winnipeg Civic Auditorium

200 Vaughan Street, Winnipeg



Banfield Block (renovations)

492 Main Street, Winnipeg



Bank of Toronto Building

420 Academy Road, Winnipeg



Federal Building

269 Main Street, Winnipeg



Women’s Pavilion

735 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg



St. Andrew Bobola Roman Catholic Church

541 Marion Street, Winnipeg




Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

Marriage [Rosamund Campion Northwood], Winnipeg Tribune, 3 September 1942, page 16.

“George W. Northwood dead at 83,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 December 1959.

Obituary [Augusta C. Northwood], Winnipeg Tribune, 18 April 1960, page 12.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

George William Northwood, Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950.

We thank Nathan Kramer and Christian Cassidy for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 December 2020

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